New Security Development Aims Toward Long-range Video Surveillance


The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has reached a development deal with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) of the U.S. Department of Defense to create airships to patrol the nation’s ports and coasts. Dubbed High Altitude Stratospheric Airships (HASAs), these unmanned, stationary platforms will be 14 to 16 miles above the ground. The HASAs will be 25 times the size of a Goodyear blimp at 500 feet long, 150 feet in diameter and having a volume of 5 million cubic feet.

NJIT is partnering with StratCom International LLC to be the academic research and development base for the project. Inside the airships will be cutting-edge equipment for remote sensing, communications and risk analysis of suspected threats. The primary focus of the project is shipping containers. They are considered to be one of the most serious threats to homeland security.

The HASA’s radar would provide surveillance coverage over a surface area of 500,000 square miles. The airship would also be able to reach an altitude of 70,000 feet.

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